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William “Bill” Arvel Emery

William “Bill” Arvel Emery, 70 years, one month and 18 days, of Vanzant, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after a courageous battle of illness.

He was born on December 10, 1944 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, the son of William Robert and Mildred Marie (Sanders) Emery. Bill was converted at a young age and baptized later in years at Osborn Ford.

Bill was raised in the Vanzant community and graduated from Dora High School in 1963. After graduation he went to work for McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis until returning to Vanzant. He then started working in road construction and eventually he owned and operated his own backhoe business, and prior to his illness was employed for Burdine Township.

He was united in marriage to Beverly Coffman on September 17, 1976; with this union Bill, Beverly, Julie, Laurie and Johnny became a family and Chad would join them six years later. He enjoyed being outdoors; he loved his horses, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed attending Victory Church.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jackie Lynn Emery.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly of the home; daughters Julie Emery of Gentryville, Missouri, and Laurie Emery of Mtn. Grove; sons, Johnny Coffman and wife Phyllis of Vanzant and Chad Emery and wife Kathy of Vanzant; a sister, Wanda Whillians of Blaine, Washington; a brother, Robert Dean Emery and wife Sandie of Vanzant; nine grandchildren, Justin, Danielle, Mikel, Seth, Christine, Talora, Candy, Matt and Casey; 11 great-grandchildren and one on the way; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him, but they are strengthened to know he is now resting in the arms of his loving Savior.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Vanzant Cemetery with Bud Scherer officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Emery, Michael Parmenter, Seth Coffman, Eddie Massey, Ronnie Emery and Randy Emery. Honorary pallbearers were Xander Goins and Robert Upshaw. Interment was in Vanzant Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at

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